James, Bananarama And More Join The Specials For A Fantastic Splendour Spectacular July 18 2015

March 20th, 2015 at 9:18 am

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Headlined by two-tone revivalists The Specials, the all dayer in the beautiful grounds of Wollaton Park is set to be one of the biggest summer days out across the Midlands on July 18 2015. Continuing the strong line up on the main stage as special guests are the legendary James, perhaps best known for anthemic hits such as ‘Sit Down’, ‘She’s A Star’ and ‘Laid’. With all seven band members coming back to reform in 2007, the Manchester band released their 13th studio album La Petite Mort last year to critical acclaim and showed the unique James magic is still firmly in place with engaging powerful songs that demand to be heard live.

Promoter DHP Family, in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Confetti, has been working hard behind the scenes to bring the perfect mix of long-loved heritage acts alongside contemporary pop artists to cater for all the family.

One of the best all female pop bands of all time, Bananarama joins the bill for Splendour headlining the Confetti Stage.  The band already share history with The Specials lead singer Terry Hall who tracked the girls down to perform with Fun Boy Three, the trio he formed with two other bandmates, for the single ‘It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It’.  Will Splendour see the girls join Terry and co on stage?

With 32 Top 40 UK hits, they went on to support everyone from Iggy Pop to Paul Weller. For the next ten years the girls were everywhere and so were their hits, all penned by the girls themselves. As their biography says ‘Bananarama were not a manufactured band but three friends who came from the London Club scene with a Punk attitude and were always in control of their own destiny.’

Singer of the moment Jess Glynne, best known for featuring on Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’, which made number one in the UK and can also be heard on the current M&S food advertising campaign, as well as debut single, ‘Right Here’, will be bringing her distinctive voice to the main stage.

With their latest single Roads out in May and an eagerly anticipated album due out later this year, pop rockers Lawson will have plenty of fresh material to excite the crowd alongside songs from their debut album Chapman Square and their six top 20 hit singles including Juliet and When She Was Mine. Joining them on the main stage and described as ‘the voice of urban Britain’ by The Times, MOBO award winner, vocalist and rapper Roots Manuva, best known for the hit single ‘Witness The Fitness’, will be bringing his UK hip hop style to Wollaton’s lush fields.

The full main stage line up is The Specials, James, Jess Glynne, Lawson, Roots Manuva, Amber Run and To Kill A King and the day will be opened by the winner of the Future Sound of Nottingham competition.

The search to find the best unsigned local act to open the festival is underway once again with the Future Sound of Nottingham now open for entries, building up to the chance to play the Rock City final on June 14 2015. For more details, visit www.nusic.org.uk

Keeping up the tradition for bringing the best of the local scene to the attention of 20,000 crowd, will be Amber Run, the band who formed at Nottingham University, with a huge indie-rock sound laden with hooks and driving choruses that looks a surefire bet to be filling stadiums some time soon. Expect a great response from their growing fan base to tracks such as the anthemic ‘Just My Soul Responding’; ‘I Found’ and ‘Spark’ hot on the heels of the release of their debut album, ’5am’, on April 27 through RCA Victor.

For something completely different, head over to the Confetti Stage where the Mansfield crew Ferocious Dog will be delivering their own take on Celtic folk by mixing up traditional instruments –  fiddles, whistles, mandolins – with a bit of rock n’ roll attitude. With their unique, aggressive yet feel-good music they are a favourite in the city making history last year by becoming the only unsigned act to ever sell out the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, not only once but twice.

Second on the bill to Bananarama on the Confetti stage are Birmingham indie-rockers The Twang. Hailed by the NME as ‘Britain’s best new band’ when they emerged, their second single Either Way was a top 10 hit and strongly championed by Radio 1 while the band commanded a prestigious headline slot at Glastonbury on the John Peel Stage. The Twang have kept the albums coming and the anthemic guitar rock of their latest, NEONTWANG, is sure to keep the audience moving.

Confirmed for the Confetti stage are Bananarama, The Twang, Ferocious Dog, Iris Gold, Keto, The Swiines and Georgie.

Completing the feast of live music will be the line up on the Acoustic Rooms stage, named after the popular weekly event at the Rescue Rooms. Joy Mumford, Eyre Llew, Hhymn, Jamie Lawson, Molly and Jack, RJMARKS, Daudi Matsiko and Cedric Peters make up the offer for the final stage.

At the bottom of the courtyard, the popular Funhouse Comedy stage compered by amiable cheeky-chappie Brummie Andy Robinson will once again be entertaining the crowds throughout the day and into the evening. Ian D. Montfort, the Sunderland psychic creation of character comedian Tom Binns, very convincingly uses the cold reading of stage mediums to debunk their techniques with fantastically funny interactions with his audience. Bringing his musical comedy act Lost in Music, Christian Reilly, now an international comedian playing all the major comedy venues, started out in Nottingham. Expect sharp wit combined with effortless charm and the occasional snipe at histrionic rock bands, musical theatre and morose indie musicians. Presenter Ellie Taylor of BBC3 dating show ‘Song, Marry, Avoid’, awesome Aussie improviser John Robertson and brilliant young musical comedy duo Jollyboat complete the comedic offer.

The entertainment doesn’t stop away from the main stages with loads for children on offer including fairground rides, and a free kids area hosted by Big Top Mania, featuring circus skills workshops and shows, crazy inflatables, giant bubbles and Big Bear’s Big Balloon Disco.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Sport and Leisure at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s great to see more much-loved groups being added to the Splendour line-up. We’re looking forward to a fantastic family summer day out in the beautiful surroundings of Wollaton Park.”

Tickets for Splendour start at £20 for 11-17-year-olds and £34 for adults with a citycard. Children 10 and under go free. Available from here.

To get the latest line-up announcements and festival updates go to www.splendourfestival.com or like www.facebook.com/splendourfestivalUK or follow @splendourfest.


The Specials


Jess Glynne


Roots Manuva

Amber Run

To Kill A King

NUSIC Competition Winner




The Twang

Ferocious Dog

Iris Gold


The Swiines




Andy Robinson (Compere)

Ian D. Montfort

Christian Reilly

Ellie Taylor

John Robertson




Joy Mumford

Eyre Llew


Jamie Lawson

Molly and Jack


Daudi Matsiko

Cedric Peters

A message to you (Rudy) Splendour fans!

February 25th, 2015 at 11:32 am

2 tone legends The Specials will be headlining this year’s Splendour in Nottingham on Saturday 18th July!

Nottingham’s prestigious Wollaton Hall will be anything but a ghost town on Saturday 18th July when ska heroes The Specials headline the annual summer festivities. With an incredible line-up of live music and laugh-out-loud comedy still to be announced, plus a whole host of unique bars, bohemian food stalls and child-friendly activities, Splendour 2015 looks like it’s going to be too hot to handle.

You can book your Splendour tickets here and you rude boys and gals can also get a special discount with your City Cards!

This year’s tickets are priced at:
- £44 for standard entry
- £34 for adult City Card holders
- £34 for 11-17 year old non city residents
- £20 for 11-17 year old City Card holders

FREE for all children 10 years and under

Be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Vote For Splendour!

October 14th, 2014 at 5:56 pm


Splendour has been nominated for BEST MEDIUM SIZED FESTIVAL & BEST FAMILY FESTIVAL at the 2014 UK Festival Awards!!

Cast your vote & be in with the chance to WIN a pair of tickets to EVERY WINNING FESTIVAL in all the UK Festival Awards categories to make 2015 your dream summer!

Vote here & spread the word: Bit.ly/VoteSplendour

See you in 2015!


August 1st, 2014 at 5:35 pm


Thank you Nottingham for another amazing year at Splendour Festival! We hope you all had a fantastic day at Wollaton Park, the crowds certainly proved that Nottingham is up for a dance and sing come rain or shine (or tropical storm!) … but who doesn’t love an excuse to get the wellies out?!

If you’re feeling the post-festival blues then check out Splendour’s official Facebook page for all our pictures (don’t forget to tag yourselves!) and make sure you stay up to date with us on Twitter, Instagram and our website too. We’ll be posting all the latest news and you can be sure you’ll be the first to hear line-up and ticket news for Splendour 2015.

See you next year and thanks again for making Splendour 2014 such a success!

Carl the Cobra Froch to make triumphant appearance at Splendour Festival

July 17th, 2014 at 5:09 pm


Carl Froch will take to the stage at Splendour Festival this weekend (Saturday 19 July) to celebrate his recent victory against George Groves.  Froch will take part in a Q&A with Notts TV’s Frances Finn where he will answer questions put to him by the audience.

Festival goers can suggest interview questions for Carl Froch on Twitter and on the Facebook page using #splendourfest.

The best questions will be put to Froch by Frances Finn live on stage on Saturday evening between sets by the Happy Mondays and Tom Odell.

Froch, who is from the Meadows and now trains in Carlton, beat rival George Groves in a eighth round knockout in front of 80,000 fans on 31 May, confirming his status as the WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion and the best British boxer currently fighting.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Nottingham hero, Carl Froch, to join the stage at Splendour Festival on Saturday.  On home turf in front of an audience of thousands, this will be a celebration of Froch’s recent fight win in his re-match against George Groves.”

Set times for Splendour 2014 Announced!

July 9th, 2014 at 6:05 pm


Visit Splendour in VIP style!

July 8th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

If you want to go to Splendour Festival and get all the VIP treatment, you can now enhance your standard festival ticket by purchasing one of our exclusive VIP upgrade tickets for just £35!

The upgrade ticket includes access to the VIP Garden where you will find luxury toilets, a private bar and a seating area where you can enjoy the festival in true VIP comfort and style.

You’ll also get two free drinks vouchers to be spent at the VIP Bar and a voucher for a delicious meal from our Gourmet Food Stall.

Your upgrade ticket even gets you VIP privileges before you enter the site, as you’ll be granted priority access into the festival via the VIP fast lane, for a stress free start to the day!

Visit alt-tickets.co.uk to get your VIP upgrade now.


*Please note that a standard entry ticket for Splendour must be purchased as well as this VIP ticket as a VIP ticket will not allow entry on its own.

**All under 18s who want access to these exclusive VIP benefits must buy a full-priced VIP upgrade ticket priced at £35 (this includes those 10 years and under who get free access to the main festival site).

Future Sound of Nottingham Final

June 20th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

With Splendour only a few weeks away, NUSIC’s Future Sound of Nottingham competition has stepped up a gear. The six final acts are now preparing to win over top music industry judges and a live audience at Rock City on 22 June for the chance to open Splendour’s main stage in front of 20,000 people at Wollaton Park on Saturday 19 July.

This year’s finalists are alt-rock band Field Studies, disco-influenced Oscar Speed, 18-year-old indie folk singer Josh Wheatley, soulful songstress Joy Mumford, guitar based summery pop-rock band The Rascels and Crosa Rosa delivering grungy alt-rock with loads of distortion. With half of the vote being decided by the public on the night, fans are being urged to make their voices heard at the free event open to 14+ with no ticket required.

George Akins, DHP Family owner, said: “Our decision to reserve the main stage opening slot for one of the exciting new acts that comes through this annual battle has never been one we’ve regretted. To see the quality and diversity of musicians bubbling up each year is truly exciting and we’re delighted to be able to help many of them on their way to bright futures.”

All the finalists can be heard on the current Nusic New Music Podcast available at www.nusic.org.uk and will also be getting a play on Notts TV’s music programme Noise Floor in the coming weeks from June 6.

You can get your ticket for Splendour from www.splendourfestival.com for as little as £15, or from venues including Rock City Box Office; Royal Centre; Nottingham Tourist Information and Nottingham City Council leisure centres. For the latest line-up announcements and festival updates check out the official website, Facebook and Twitter.



Future Sound Of Nottingham 2014

April 15th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

The Future Sound of Nottingham, organised through the community project NUSIC, will give one lucky act the chance to perform the opening slot of the main stage, when the festival returns on Saturday, 19 July. The first round of the contest, which launched yesterday (Monday, 14 April), invites local bands and artists to send in demos to be considered by an expert panel.

Mark Del, of NUSIC, says: “It’s always exciting to give an unknown musician the chance to play the main stage at Splendour. The competition is about discovering the act no-one has heard of before and every year someone brilliant comes out of nowhere. We’ve had so many success stories, when Indiana came through two years ago, no-one had ever seen her play in public and look at her now! I can’t wait to find out who it will be this year.”

Entries for the first round will close on May 5 and finalists will be expected to battle it out in a showdown on the main stage at Rock City on Sunday, June 22, where the public and an independent panel of judges will decide the winner.

NUSIC is dedicated to all things ‘Notts, Musical and New’ and aims to support unsigned musicians from the county. Last year’s competition winners The Gorgeous Chans have also gone on to headline gigs, with a sell out show at Bodega already under their belts.  

For more information on FSN, visit www.nusic.org.uk/fsn